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  • Publisher : Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group; Reprint edition (February 13, 2007)
  • Language : English
  • Paperback : 227 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 1400078431
  • ISBN-13 : 978-1400078431
  • Item Weight : 7.5 ounces
  • Dimensions : 5.2 x 0.62 x 8.01 inches
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